Councils & Committees

Read below for descriptions as well as current contacts and contact emails of our Councils and Committees. Questions? Contact Joy Addison in the Temple Administrative Office at (972) 661-1810 ext. 200.

Temple Shalom offers numerous opportunities for our members to contribute and join in the activities of the congregation. In addition to Sisterhood and Brotherhood, we encourage you to click on the committees below and participate in all that Temple Shalom has to offer!


Adult Choir

The Adult Choir, a volunteer group, rehearses on Tuesday evenings for the High Holy Days from 7:00 pm-9:00pm.  Throughout the year, the Choir participates in special music Sabbaths, concerts with composers-in-residence and at the community cantors’ concert.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this choir please contact Clergy Assistant Elise Donosky at edonosky@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Adult Education

Plans classroom courses, discussion groups, Scholars/Composers-in-Residence programs, Jewish film festivals, and trips to Jewish places of interest.  For more information please see Adult Education  and email  AdultEducation@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Beautification, Building & Grounds

This committee assesses our beautification needs and makes recommendations and approves and/or selects changes or enhancements to the interior and exterior of Temple Shalom as well as the acceptance of all gifts or donated items to our building. It recommends action for the maintenance of the building and grounds. This committee consults with contractors for various projects for repairs and participates in the bidding process. For more information, please contact Executive Director Steve Lewis at slewis@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Budget & Finance

The Temple Shalom Budget Committee is responsible for working with the Temple’s senior staff in the preparation of the budget for all temple revenue and expenses for each temple fiscal year (June 1 – May 31). Budget categories include Administration, Ritual, Programs, Youth Education, Youth Activities, Building and Grounds, and Capital. The Budget Working Group meets from January through March to discuss and prepare a budget that is submitted for approval to the Board of Trustees in April and to the Congregation at the annual meeting in May. This committee is chaired by the Finance Director. For more information, please contact Executive Director Steve Lewis at slewis@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Caring Congregation

Reach out to congregants in times of illness, death, birth in the family or as needed.  More information is at Caring Congregation  To assist in this important work please email Chairs Lonna Rae Silverman and Jacque Comroe at caring@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Cemetery

This committee acts as a liaison between Temple Shalom and Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home and provides Temple members with information related to the purchase of cemetery plots and interments and maintains related records and makes recommendations on plot pricing and cemetery rules. For more information please contact Cemetery@templeshalomdallas.org. Barry Bell, Dorothy Garsson and Mitch Hurwitz, Co-Chairs

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College Connections

We keep in touch with our college students by sending packages for a few times a year along with timely information to help strengthen Jewish identity and a relationship with Temple Shalom. We invite parents to participate in preparing packages.  Contact Chair Nancy Devine at  collegeconnections@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Connections Council

The Connections Council plans activities and events and special services that are targeted to a variety of different segments within the Temple Shalom family. The Connections Council also creates programming to welcome and inform new and potential members about our Temple and help all members get to know each other and enjoy being a part of Temple life. We are the umbrella for ideas such as Stay & Schmooze which provides activities for parents on Sunday during Religious School and Holiday Celebrations, which plans congregational celebrations during the year and support our LGBTQ Pride Committee, open to all members!

For more information please contact our Connections Council Chair Kimberly Kort at Connections@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Early Childhood Education

Munchkin Minyan meets monthly on the Friday nights at 6:00pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30am (10:00am at our North Satellite location) for families with children 6 and under to celebrate Shabbat and on Sunday mornings through our Tots Academy program (for which registration is required) for children 2-4 years of age and their parents. For information email munchkinminyan@templeshalomdallas.org. To register your child for Tots Academy, component, contact the Lifelong Learning Office at (972) 661-1362. For other early childhood education queries, email Chair Melinda Hepworth at earlychildhood@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Food Truck Palooza

The opportunity to assist in obtaining raffle items, sponsors and planning our annual Food Truck and Music Festival going on its 7th year. In 2018, we hosted a Reverse Food Truck benefiting the food pantries of Vickery Meadows and Jewish Family Service. Want to help? Contact slewis@templeshalomdallas.org

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Golf & Mah Jongg “Tees & Tiles” Tournaments

The opportunity to assist in obtaining gifts, sponsors and planning for our annual Golf & Mah Jongg Tournaments, renamed “Tees & Tiles” benefiting Snowball Express, the Gary Sinise Foundation and Temple Shalom Youth Programs. Silent auction, raffle selling, mailing and volunteer coordination needed. For more information please contact Golf@templeshalomdallas.org. Irv Munn, Tees and Tiles Tournament Chair.

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Holiday Celebrations 

This committee help the clergy coordinate holiday celebrations throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved, whether baking, decorating, assisting with logistics or anything else you would like to offer email Co-Chairs Karen Stock or Debbie Niederman.   

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Israel Connection

This committee plans programs to educate the congregation about Israel and the issues surrounding Israel’s relationship with the world. For information, please email Chair Ken Glaser or Assistant Anita Weinstein at israelconnection@templeshalomdallas.org

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Lifelong Learning Council

This Council, which oversees our Adult Education Committee, plans programs for our congregants to encourage everyone to learn and experience our Jewish traditions.  If you are interested in working with this Council, please email lifelonglearning@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee plans activities and events and special services that are targeted to a variety of different segments within the Temple Shalom family. The committee also creates programming to welcome and inform new and potential members about our Temple and help all members get to know each other and enjoy being a part of Temple life.

For more information please contact the Membership Committee Chair Lauren Green at membership@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Music/Arts/Culture (MAC)

Responsible for supporting several music programs throughout the year. From our Youth Choir, Ruach, recitals to the Composer-in-Residence Biannual program to the DFW Community Cantors’ annual concert, this working group enjoys bringing fun, entertaining and spiritual events for the congregation.  If you are interested, please contact mac@templeshalomdallasorg. Aric Stock and Jim Waldorf, MAC Chairs.

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Onegs

Temple Shalom Sisterhood provides an oneg (wine and cheese reception) every Shabbat before services to encourage Temple members and guests to gather and visit with each other.

Please contact Sisterhood at Sisterhood@templeshalomdallas.org if you would like the opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor an oneg in order to honor someone special (bar/batmitzvah, birth, wedding, anniversary, graduation) or celebrate one of the simchas in your life.  For more information, please see Oneg.

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Religious School

Develops programs that inspire an appreciation of and a commitment to Judaism in our children as well as to providing a comfortable environment where our kids can enjoy time with their Jewish peers and friends.  From the budget to the classroom the Religious School curriculum seeks to inspire and support its teachers and programs. For information contact religiousschool@templeshalomdallas.org. Diana Krevo and Stuart Marcus, Religious School Committee Co-Chairs.

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Super Seniors

Purpose is to present to members who are 55 or older programs to entertain, inform and provide opportunities to gather together. We have had monthly Essers & Fressers restaurant dinners and have planned Bingo & Ice Cream Socials, attended plays, a trip to the race track, hosted guest speakers, attended an art gallery tour and had a tour of the Biblical Museum and the Bush Library, enjoyed song and dance programs, and an evening at the movies.  For more information please contact seniors@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Tikkun Olam/Social Action Council

Put our faith into action by reaching out to others in our community to make a difference. Through active participation in a variety of projects and programs we will accomplish our goal of Tikkun Olam–Helping to Repair the World as we pursue social justice. Programs include our Caregivers’ Day Out program, our High Holy Day food drive, our LIFT Education Initiative, monthly cooking and serving for The Stewpot, Israel Connection, Embrace, our Jewish-Muslim-Christian Women’s Fellowship Group, our DAI partnership, our new Shomrei Adamah committee which will be investigating ways to become more eco-friendly, educating students and families about our impact on the environment and the intersection of our Jewish values, and more. For more information please contact Tikkun Olam Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org or read more at Tikkun Olam. 

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Worship 

Would you like to provide input about ritual, observance and worship at Temple Shalom? We want to hear from you! Please contact our Worship Committee Chair Mark Stromberg at worship@templeshalomdallas.org. This committee provides a forum for open discussion of worship and observance between the clergy and the congregation, serving as a conduit for congregant commentary and implementing specific tasks with relation to ritual, observance and worship. 

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Young Adult Connection

Single or married, if you are in your 20’s or 30’s and want to get together and have fun with other Jewish professionals, join the Temple Shalom Young Adult Group (YAC).  For more information please contact YAC Chair Janel Cassorla at YoungAdults@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Youth Choirs

Youth Choir, Ruach, for children grades 3-6 and our Teen Choir, Kol Halevi’im, for teens grades 7-10. Rehearsals are on Sundays after Religious School from Noon-1:00pm. If you are interested in your child joining the choir, please contact Clergy Assistant Elise Donosky at edonosky@templeshalomdallas.org.

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Young Families

Single or married, if you are in your 20’s or 30’s with children and want to get together and have fun with other families and adults who have children, join the Temple Shalom Young Families group.  For more information please contact YoungFamilies@templeshalomdallas.org,  Michelle Falk & Ginna Kaplan, Young Families Chairs.

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Youth Groups

Temple Shalom is dedicated to its youth. Our programs are dedicated to providing a safe Jewish environment where youth can have a positive Jewish experience. We have a wide range of programs that include social action, educational, and social activities. We hope that you will get involved! For information about BBYO/NFTY, please email Rabbi Ariel Boxman at youthadvisor@templeshalomdallas.org.

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